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ANTHONY POLITE

#2
(Updated July 2020)
position
Guard
height
6-6
weight
215
year
Freshman-Redshirt
hometown
Lugano, Switzerland
high school
St. Andrews Christian School (Fla.)

ANTHONY POLITE'S CAREER HIGHS

PTS: 15 vs. Gardner-Webb (12-21-20)
REBS: 9 vs. Gardner-Webb (12-21-20)
ASTS: 5 vs. Chicago State (11-25-19), Notre Dame (1-25-20)
STLS: 5 vs. Saint Francis (11-23-19), at Miami (1-18-20)

HONORS

2018 FSU Academic Dean’s List (Spring)
2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2018 Golden Torch Award Winner (FSU Academics)
2019 Orange Bowl Classic Most Outstanding Player
2020 ACC Regular Season Championship Team
2020 ACC Championship Team
2020-21 ACC Breakout Player (CBS Sports)

ON POLITE

A breakout season is on the horizon for Florida State’s two-way weapon who could be considered the best on-ball defender and best long range shooter on the Seminoles’ roster for the 2020-21 season…will contend for All-ACC and All-Defensive team honors as he has worked on making himself a tremendous two-way player in the Seminoles’ system as he continues to take on a leadership role in helping Florida State increase its’ national profile…has helped the Seminoles to a 55-13 record and a .809 winning percentage in his first two seasons as a full-time player…has starting experience (eight career starts) and has played in 62 career games as one of the most experienced players in his fourth season as a member of the program…a coveted left-handed guard who continues to make big shots on offense and big plays on defense as he has entrenched himself into Florida State’s rotation…he is equally valuable as a starter or coming off of the bench…his great height on the perimeter with great vision gives him a tremendous ability to run a team from the point guard position…very tough with excellent playmaking skills…left-handed…a hard-nose, tough guard who can score, rebound and play defense…a member of two NCAA Tournament teams who has two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the start of the 2020-21 season…helped the Seminoles to a record-setting season in 2018-19 as Florida State finished with a 29-8 overall record, a 13-5 mark in ACC play, a fourth place finish in the ACC standings, the third appearance in the ACC Tournament Championship Game and a second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament…the Seminoles’ 29 wins set the program record for overall wins in a season…appeared in his first three NCAA Tournament games as he helped the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season in 2020…averaged 10.3 minutes played per game as Florida State defeated Vermont (March 21, 2019, 76-69) and Murray State (March 23, 2019, 90-62) at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to advance to the Sweet 16 where they fell to No. 1 seeded Gonzaga (March 28, 2019, 72-58)…ranked as the 40th best shooting guard in the country and the 18th best in the state of Florida according to 247Sports…was named the 2016 Small School Player of the Year in Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post…played for the Florida Vipers Under Armour team that went to the semifinals of the Las Vegas 48 tournament…averaged 12 points, six rebounds and two assists over four games while shooting 51% for the Vipers…played with fellow FSU teammate RaiQuan Gray om the Green Vipers…regarded as a very effective scorer that is efficient from inside and outside the arc…named to the 2018 ACC Academic Honor Roll…earned the Golden Torch Award for the Seminole men’s basketball team in 2018 with a 3.363 grade point average in Entrepreneurship …the Golden Torch is presented annually and goes to the top student-athlete on each of Florida State’s athletic teams…earned the Unsung Hero Award as a member of Florida State’s Scout team — the Green Vipers — at Florida State’s 2018 Honors Banquet…earned a special team J.U.I.C.E award (Just Us In Combat Every Day) at the Seminoles’ Honors Banquet in 2019…presented with one award – as an Outstanding Academic All-Star – at Florida State’s 2020 season ending Honors Banquet.

 

AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR (2021)

Totaled 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists as a starter in Florida State’s 86-58 win over North Florida in its season-opener (Dec. 2)…totaled 9 points, a career-high tying eight rebounds and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s 69-67 victory over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee (Dec. 9)…tied his career-high with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 blocked shot in Florida State’s victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Dec. 12)…totaled 10 points, three assists and three steals in Florida State’s ACC season-opening 74-61 ACC victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Dec. 15)…tied his career-high with 14 points and 6 rebounds against UCF in Tallahassee (Dec. 19)…a team and career-high 15 points as well as a team and career-high nine rebounds in Florida State’s 72-59 win over Gardner-Webb at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Dec. 21)…

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2020)

Averaged a career-high 5.8 points (seventh), a career-high 2.9 rebounds (sixth), career-high 1.2 steals (third) and a career-high 1.1 assists (fifth) while making a career-high 34 3-point shots (third)… established career-highs for games played (31), games started (eight), field goals made (63), field goals attempted (155), field goal shooting percentage (.406), 3-point field goals made (34), 3-point field goals attempted (96), 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.354), free throws made (19), free throws attempted (28), total points (156), average points scored per game (5.6), offensive rebounds (24), defensive rebounds (67), total rebounds (91), average rebounds per game (2.9), assists (35), blocked shots (seven), steals (37), total minutes played (16.7) and average minutes played per game (19.9)…a vital player for the Seminoles in one of the most successful seasons in school history…the Seminoles finished the season with a 26-5 overall record and a 16-4 mark in ACC play, as the champions of the ACC…the Seminoles’ 16-4 record in ACC play mark established a school record for ACC wins in a single season and a single season school record for conference wins in a season…as the No. 1 overall seed in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles were the favorites to win the conference tournament championship before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic…Florida State was also favored to earn high seed in the NCAA Tournament and were among the favorites to win the national championship…named the Most Outstanding Player in the Seminoles’ victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic…totaled 11 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in Florida State’s come-from-behind victory over USF in the annual event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla…a catalyst in Florida State’s second half comeback that saw the Seminoles rally from a 13-point deficit to win the game by a 66-60 margin…has developed into a exciting 3-point weapon as he made a single-season career-high 34 shots from long range as a redshirt sophomore…made at least one 3-point shot in 19 of Florida State’s 31 games with multiple 3-point shots coming in 10 different games…four 3-point field goals made in wins over Clemson and Virginia and three made in Florida State’s 85-84 win over Notre Dame in Tallahassee…double figure scoring in a single-season career-high six games after not scoring in double figures during his redshirt freshman season…double figure scoring for the first time in his career in Florida State’s victory over Clemson in Tallahassee…totaled 12 points on a career-high four made 3-point shots in Florida State’s ACC victory over Clemson in Tallahassee (Dec. 8)…each of his 12 points can from the 3-point line as he made four 3-point shots for the first of two times during the season…the Seminoles defeated the Tigers by a 72-53 margin in gaining their first ACC win of the season…also made four 3-point shots in scoring his career-high of 14 points in Florida State’s 54-50 win over Virginia in Tallahassee (Jan. 15)…Florida State was 6-0 when he scored in double figures during the 2019-20 season…a starter in a career-high eight games including five in ACC play (Georgia Tech, at Louisville, at Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Syracuse) – all five of which were victories for the Seminoles…was also a starter in three non-conference victories early in the season against Chattanooga (Nov. 20), Saint Francis (Nov. 23)and Chicago State (Nov. 25)…helped Florida State to the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic as the Seminoles gained wins over Chattanooga, Chicago State, No. 17 Tennessee and Purdue in the championship game…finished third on the team with a single-season career-high 37 steals including his career-high of five in the Seminoles’ victory over Saint Francis and five in Florida State’s 83-79 overtime win over Miami in Coral Gables (Jan. 18)…earned multiple steals in 10 different games – five against Saint Francis and Miami and three each in victories over Chicago State, Virginia in Tallahassee, and Notre Dame in Tallahassee…at least one steal in 18 of Florida State’s 31 games……totaled two points and a career-high eight rebounds in Florida State’s 99-81 win over Miami in Tallahassee (Feb. 8)…also seven rebounds against Saint Francis and six in Florida State’s 82-67 victory at home over Pittsburgh…totaled eight points (on two made 3-point field goals), four rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s season-opener at Pitt (Nov. 6)…scored seven points to go along with two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot in Florida State’s 63-51 win over No. 6 Florida in Gainesville (Nov. 10)…a starter for the first time in his career and finished with two rebounds and one point in Florida State’s victory over Chattanooga in Tallahassee…totaled eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high five steals in Florida State’s 85-60 win over Saint Francis…scored nine points to go along with four rebounds, a career-high five assists and three steals in Florida State’s victory over Chicago State in Tallahassee… scored 11 points to go along with one rebound, one assist and one steal in Florida State’s victory over North Alabama in Tallahassee (Dec. 28)…totaled eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Florida State’s 70-58 victory over Georgia Tech in Tallahassee (Dec. 31)…totaled 10 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and three assists in Florida State’s victory over Miami in Coral Gables…scored seven second half points as the Seminoles gained the valuable ACC road win (Jan. 18)…scored nine points to go along with five assists and three steals in Florida State’s 85-84 win over Notre Dame (Jan. 25)…a starter with seven points, four rebounds and two assists in Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (Feb. 1)…scored 10 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals in Florida State’s victory over Pitt an the Donald L. Tucker Center (Feb. 18)…totaled eight points and four rebounds in Florida State’s 82-67 win over Louisville in Tallahassee (Feb. 24).

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2019)

Averaged 2.7 points (11th on the team), 1.6 rebounds (ninth) and 0.6 steals (seventh) while playing in 30 of Florida State’s 37 games during its record-setting and NCAA Tournament season…averaged 11.5 minutes played per game as one of 11 Seminoles who averaged 11 or more minutes played per game…shot .773 from the field as he finished the season as one of only five players on the team to shoot 77 percent or better from the free throw line…made 11 well-timed 3-point shots and finished as one of nine Seminoles who made 10 or more 3-point field goals during the season…helped Florida State to a 29-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in ACC play – both the 29 wins and 13 conference wins set school records for overall and ACC wins in a single season…the Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship game after finishing in fourth place in the regular season standings of the ACC…marked just the third time the Seminole had played in the ACC Tournament Championship game in school history…the Seminoles then advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles had advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament…helped Florida State win a school-record eight consecutive ACC games from January 22 (against Clemson) through February 22 against Clemson…Florida State’s record went from 13-5 overall and 1-4 in the ACC to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in the ACC during the school-record eight games winning streak…helped Florida State defeat six ranked teams – including then No. 2 ranked Virginia in the ACC Tournament Semifinals – during the season…Florida State was ranked for the majority of the season – all but one week – and were ranked as high as No. 9 nationally…the Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final Associated Press poll of the season…his season-high of nine points came in wins over Canisius and Murray State with eight points coming in Florida State’s victory over Winthrop…his ACC season-high for scoring of five points came in Florida State’s victory at home over Wake Forest (Feb. 13)…averaged 11.5 minutes played per game as he played in double figure minutes in 14 different games including 14 minutes in Florida State’s NCAA Tournament victory over Murray State…played his season-high of 25 minutes and scored five points in Florida State’s game against Villanova in the championship game of the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational…averaged 19.0 minutes per game against UAB (11 minutes played), LSU (21 minutes played) and Villanova (25 minutes played) as Florida State earned a 2-1 record and played in the championship game of the important early-season tournament…made 11 3-point shots with his season-high of two coming in two of Florida State’s most important victories of the season…totaled two long range shots made in Florida State’s overtime victory over LSU in the AdvoCare Invitational and two in Florida State’s victory over Murray State – a win that sent Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season…also hit an important 3-point shot in Florida State’s ACC victory over Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee…made 17 of 22 free throw attempts with his career-high of four coming in Florida State’s win over Canisius in the first round of the AdvoCare invitational in Tallahassee…made 12 of his 14 free throws of the season…was a defensive terror with his season-high four steals in Florida State’s victory over Saint Louis in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 22)…also totaled three steals in the Seminoles’ victory over Winthrop at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Jan. 1)…totaled seven of his 18 steals for the season in those two back-to-back games…totaled nine of his 18 steals in four consecutive games against UConn (one steal), North Florida (one steal), Saint Louis (four steals) and Winthrop (three steals)…his season debut came with five points and one rebound in nine minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 81-60 victory over Florida in Tallahassee (Nov. 6)…totaled his season-high of nine points to go along with two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 13 minutes of play in the Seminoles’ 93-61 win over Canisius in the AdvoCare Invitational in Tallahassee (Nov. 19)…scored six points and totaled his season-high of three assists and two steals in Florida State’s 79-76 overtime victory over LSU in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 23)…totaled four points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist in Florida State’s victory over Troy in Tallahassee (Dec. 3)…scored five points and added one rebound in Florida State’s 79-71 victory over UConn in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (Dec. 8)…totaled eight points, his season-high of five rebounds with three steals and one assist in Florida State’s 87-76 win over Winthrop…totaled five points, two rebounds and one steal in Florida State’s 88-66 win over Wake Forest (Feb. 13)…totaled a season-high tying nine points, three rebounds and a season-high tying three assists in 14 minutes in the Seminoles’ 90-62 win over Murray State at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn…the victory over Murray State sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season (March 23).

AS A FRESHMAN (2018)

A redshirt season after injuries to both of his knees cut his true freshman season short after just one regular season game…showed a tremendous amount of promise as he played in both of Florida State’s exhibition games and in the Seminoles’ season opening victory over George Washington…totaled six points, three rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes of playing time as Florida State defeated Central Missouri, 116-68, at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its first exhibition game of the season (Oct. 26)…accounted directly for 16 points against Central Missouri – six points on two field goals and one free throw and 10 points on four assists including 3-point shots by Terance Mann and PJ Savoy…totaled six points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 14 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ 122-65 win over Thomas University at the Donald L Center (Nov. 7)…totaled five of his six points in the first half as Florida State pulled out to a 59-23 halftime lead…earned four minutes of playing time and was credited with one rebound, one assist and one steal in Florida State’s regular season opening victory over George Washington in Tallahassee (Nov. 14)…three minutes of playing time came in the first half as Florida State jumped out to a 50-32 advantage at the intermission…practiced and traveled with the Seminoles throughout the remainder of the season.

AT ST. ANDREWS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Graduated from St. Andrew’s Christian School in 2017… averaged a double-double of 19.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go along with 4.6 assists and 2.4 steals in 26 games while leading St. Andrew’s to a regional semifinal…scored 24 points in the semifinal loss…in the quarterfinals made a late layup to give St. Andrew’s the lead and the victory…finished his high school career with 1545 points…shot an astounding .590 percent from the field and .390 percent from the 3-point line…named the 2017 All-Palm Beach 6A-1A Basketball Player of the Year as he helped St. Andrew’s win a district title…St. Andrew’s finished the season with a 25-3 record…served as the team captain at St. Andrew’s his senior season…led St. Andrew’s to a 51-5 record during his junior and senior seasons…as a junior averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game…led St. Andrew’s to the 4A regional championship game and a 26-2 record…named to the Class 4A-1A All-State First-Team…averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore in leading St. Andrew’s to an 18-8 season…led his team to the district championship game…led St. Andrew’s to a 21-1 record as a freshman, their only loss coming to Oxbridge Academy at the MLK classic…the Scots topped Coral Springs Charter to win their first district title and defeated Calvary Christian in the regional quarterfinals…led St. Andrew’s to a victory over Chaminade to send St. Andrew’s to the district championship game…a member of the St. Andrew’s varsity all four years of high school…named as the St. Andrew’s Player of the Year as both a junior and senior…named the St. Andrew’s Player of the Game 18 times as both a junior and senior.

PERSONAL

Born June 21, 1997…Anthony is the son of Michael Polite…his father, Michael Polite, played for the Seminoles in 1988-91 and in 99 games averaged 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds…born in Switzerland in 1997 while his father was playing professionally…moved to the United States when he was 15 for his freshman season…played soccer for four years before deciding to concentrate on basketball…selected Florida State over Duke, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Southern Cal…major is Finance.